Making Special Moments Count: Pear Picking
Fall is a great season for outdoor activities here in the Midwest. Taking advantage of the last days before the Holiday festivities begin, we head out for some family fun. Grandpa (my Dad) and Grandma (my Mom) live on several acres and planted many trees when they first moved to this property. Grandpa has one particular Pear Tree that has survived over the years and has been producing pears for quite some time. If the season goes well, without hail, drought, or late frosts, there are an abundance of pears to pick from this tree in late October or early November. Making a day of it, Grandpa gives hayrides around the yard and we all help pick the pears. We end the day with a campfire, roasting hot dogs and making smores.
Spending time with family draws us closer together. Growing up with grandparents and great-grandparents to share these times has given our family the opportunity to turn small moments like this into memorable traditions. Nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and the possibility of more to come, hopefully means that this tradition will continue into the future.
See our photo gallery for pictures of pear picking over the years.